I have learned that HBO is in negotiations for Madame X, a period miniseries based on Kate Manning’s book My Notorious Life, which would be toplined by True Blood star Anna Paquin. She would be executive producing with her True Blood co-star/producing partner Stephen Moyer through their production company CASM and actor Jack Black through his Electric Dynamite banner.
Written by Julia Hart (The Keeping Room) and to be directed by Lynn Shelton (Your Sister’s Sister), Madame X, which will go through development, is set in Victorian New York City. Described as “a love story, a family saga, and the confessions of a charismatic and passionate woman who changed the lives of countless others”, it centers on Axie Muldoon (Paquin), one of the wealthiest and controversial women of her day. Inspired by the story of an infamous female physician, Axie helped her husband build a thriving midwife business and defied the law in the name of women’s reproductive rights.
Paquin, Moyer and Black would executive produce with Cerise Larkin and Mark Larnin of Untold Pictures and Priyanka Mattoo (Ghost Ghirls)
The project falls under the first-look deal HBO inked with Paquin and Moyer’s CASM last year for series, films and miniseries, including potential new starring vehicles for Paquin or Moyer.